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This One Mistake Makes You More Likely to Catch COVID, Says CDC

Where and how your work can influence your likelihood of testing positive for the virus 
Businesswoman using face mask while disinfecting keyboard in office.

There are a number of factors that can make you more prone to catching COVID-19. Some of them are dependent on the color of your skin, your age, where you live, previous health conditions, and even your job. According to a new CDC study, published Thursday in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, people who test positive for the virus are more likely to be going into an office or workplace than teleworking. 

According to the study, employed people who tested positive for the virus were nearly twice as likely to physically go to work than those who tested negative. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

The Office vs. Working From Home

"Since March 2020, large scale measures to reduce workplace transmission of SARS-CoV-2, including workplace closures and providing telework options, have been implemented," the CDC writes in the report. 

"Adults who received positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to report exclusively going to an office or school setting in the 2 weeks before illness onset, compared with those who tested negative, even among those working in a profession outside of the critical infrastructure."

They hope the findings of their study will encourage employers to rethink workplace situations. 

"This investigation provides evidence of the potential health benefits of teleworking associated with the Covid-19 pandemic," wrote the authors. "Allowing and encouraging the option to work from home or telework, when possible, is an important consideration for reducing SARS-CoV-2 transmission." 

"Businesses and employers should promote alternative work site options, such as teleworking, where possible, to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2. Where telework options are not feasible, worker safety measures should continue to be scaled up to reduce possible worksite exposures," they write. 

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The Workplace is Changing

Many companies across the United States are allowing employees to work remotely, with some rethinking the concept of the workplace altogether. Amazon, Apple, and Facebook have extended their work-from-home concept until early-to-mid 2021. Twitter has is allowing their employees to work remotely "forever" if they want to. 

"We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance," an Amazon spokesperson recently said in a statement. "Employees with work that can effectively be done from home can continue to do that work from home through June 30, 2021."

As for yourself, no matter where you work, protect yourself: Wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.